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Invitation Movies that Matter Festival 2022
Impact in Practice: the Cases of Shadow Game & De Oost
Invitation - Impact in Practice: the Cases of Shadow Game & De Oost

In collaboration with NAPA, the Netherlands Audiovisual Producers Alliance, we present the panel Impact in Practice: the Cases of Shadow Game & De Oost.


Making an impact with audiovisual productions is not new, there is quite a bit of experience to share since its entrance in The Netherlands in 2015. But what strategies do actually work and what don’t? When is an impact campaign actually an added value to your documentary or feature film and how do you even measure impact? How do you design this campaign or story architecture; who is involved and how? How do you keep your grip on all the different elements during the process and how do you finance it? What choices do you make as a team and how do you keep yourself and the project on track?


Eefje Blankevoort (Prospector) and Sander Verdonk (New Amsterdam Film Company) share their experiences and lessons learned in the coarse of making an impact with documentary Shadow Game and feature film De Oost


Date: Wednesday 13 April, 15:00 – 17:00
Location: Pathé Buitenhof, The Hague
Language: English
VOD available from: Thursday 14 April


This programme is organised in collaboration with NAPA.

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The Netherlands Audiovisual Producers Alliance

This programme is organised in collaboration with the Netherlands Audiovisual Producers Alliance. The Netherlands Audiovisual Producers Alliance (NAPA) offers a joint voice to independent professional producers. The approx. 70 members are active in various disciplines, including feature film, drama series, documentary, animation, interactive productions and games. The aim of the professional association is to promote the common interests of its members and to strengthen the production climate.

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Case Studies
De Oost

Indonesia, 1946. Johan is a young Dutch soldier who, along with more than a hundred thousand others, is sent out to put things in order in the Dutch East Indies during the war of independence. Gradually, Johan falls under the spell of the charismatic army captain Westerling, nicknamed The Turk. When the war escalates and De Turk crushes the population’s resistance more and more mercilessly, the line between good and evil becomes increasingly blurred for Johan.

Shadow Game

Many of them call it ‘the game’: the journey along the Balkan route into western Europe. For the teenage boys we meet in Shadow Game, it is a way to keep themselves motivated. There are different games: the train game, the container game, the walking game. ‘It’s a mission’, SK (15) from Afghanistan says. ‘If you complete it, you win the game.’ And if you fail, you will try again next time. There really is no other option.

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Industry Programme

The Industry programme runs from 7 to 13 April. We invite you to join us for a great line-up of workshops, panel discussions, pitches and masterclasses on film and human rights.

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Movies that Matter Festival

Feel the world changing at the Movies that Matter Festival 2022. Forward, backward and in directions we can barely comprehend. See more than 80 beautiful, exciting and touching documentaries and feature films from all over the world. Experience inspiring debates, Q&As and educational programmes. Meet directors, activists, thinkers, and experts. From 8 to 16 April in The Hague, at eight satellite locations and online: the international film festival on human rights.


The Movies that Matter Festival 2022 is made possible by main partner Dutch Postcode Lottery and partners such as Amnesty International, ASN Foundation, BNNVARA, Creative Europe Media, Gemeente Den Haag Municipality of The Hague, Fonds 1818, Fonds 21, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dutch Filmfund, Oak Foundation, Trouw, vfonds, VEVAM and VSBfonds.

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